Minuteman Catalog Help
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How do I obtain a Minuteman library card?
You can get a permanent library card in person or a temporary one online.
Visit any one of the 43 Minuteman libraries. Be sure to bring identification and proof of address.
You can now get a 6 month temporary library card!
Go to https://library.minlib.net/selfreg and apply with a valid email address.
Your card number will be emailed to you. You can use the temporary card to borrow materials from the digital catalog and place holds in the Minuteman catalog.
Is there a Minuteman app for my mobile device?
The "Minuteman Library Network" app is available for download in the Apple App Store, the Google Play store and Amazon for Kindle Fire.
Is there mobile version of the Minuteman catalog?
Yes, the catalog interface should recoginze whether you are viewing it on a mobile device browser or on a desktop brower and adjust for optimal viewing. You can also toggle between the mobile or desktop views by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and hitting "Mobile Site" or "Full Screen".
How do I find out when libraries are open, driving directions, and other library-related information?
For the most up-to-date infomation about a library's hours, location, and services, visit the library's website. See our page of Member Libraries to find the links to their websites and contact page.
What is OverDrive? How do I borrow an item from OverDrive?
OverDrive is an online collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos that you can borrow with a Minuteman library card. You can borrow and place holds for OverDrive items directly from the catalog search results as well as from Minuteman's OverDrive website, or using the Libby app on your mobile device.
What is Hoopla?
Hoopla is an online collection of streaming audiobooks, music, movies, plus ebooks and comics. Not all libraries in the Minuteman Network subscribe to Hoopla. Check your library's website or ask a librarian to find out if your .
Hoopla titles can be found in the catalog and can be accessed by clicking on the "Instantly available on hoopla" link.
Once I'm in the catalog, how do I return to the Minuteman homepage?
You can return to the Minuteman home page by clicking on Minuteman logo in the top banner of the search screen.
Is online search help available?
For detailed tips for searching the catalog and limiting results, see the Search Tips links below. Searching Advanced Search Tips
I didn't find the item I was looking for in Minuteman's catalog? What should I do?
Is there a timeout period for the catalog and My Account?
If you forget to log out, the catalog will log you out after 10 minutes.
Which browsers are recommended for using Minuteman websites?
Our catalog developer supports the 2 most recent desktop versions of commonly used browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge/IE. These modern browsers enable the best possible performance, security and user experience.
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What languages(besides English) can I use to search the catalog?
The catalog allows for searching in Spanish, French, Chinese or Russian language. For more details, see the Searching FAQ
I do not want my name displayed on my holds at the library. How can I ensure my privacy?
You can use an alias instead of your full name to display on the hold slips. Please talk to staff at the circulation / access service desk at your library about setting a "pick-up alias". (A pick-up alias is different than your Username, and cannot be created in My Account).
What if my library doesn't have a subscription to a database in the articles area?
The articles area includes databases that are available to all Massachusetts residents. Your library subscribes to all Massachusetts state-wide databases by default.